These top minor league baseball prospects are on fire. Here’s your weekly primer, highlighting the three you need to have your eyes on this week.
Greyson Jenista, Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves)
Jenista is a personal favorite. I’ve watched his rise since Wichita State, and he is performing exactly like the second round steal he may prove to become. He’s been scorching hot of late.
The huge lefty has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Six of those games have been multi-hit performances including the last four in a row in which he has gone 10-for-18. He’s still searching for that over-the-fence power, but he is blending solid contact skills, and advance plate awareness (just 11 strikeouts since his promotion to Rome) into a big-time hit tool.
Jesus Sanchez, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays)
What’s that? A Rays prospect not named Wander Franco that makes our weekly list? Tis true, and the Rays stud prospect has been on fire of late.
Sanchez, the Rays 20-year-old outfield prospect, has been an exciting player since he stepped on the field, tearing up the Midwest League last season. He hasn’t skipped a beat in the Florida State League and may be performing even better.
The left-handed hitter blends power and contact into a nice hit tool. He’s hit in 15 of his last 17 games, with six multi-hit performances during that span. Sanchez has been on an eight-game hitting streak in which he’s registered 13 base hits, five of which have gone for extra bases. Sanchez can flat out hit and is a pretty solid left fielder.
Scary thought. It may be time to recognize the Rays as one of the best farm systems in baseball. Why is that scary? Because it seems to get better every week.
Isaac Paredes, Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers)
Welcome to Double-A, Mr. Paredes.
Paredes was one of the pieces in the deal that brought Alex Avila and Justin Wilson to the Cubs. In a system suddenly rich in exciting pitching prospects, Paredes instantly became one of the premier offensive stars in the system. He’s certainly been playing like it since his promotion.
Since heading to Double-A, the 19-year-old, right-handed hitting shortstop is 11-for-29. He’s struck out just four times and has walked six times, so getting on base hasn’t been a problem. He has just one home run and one double, but Paredes is clearly comfortable. This week he travels to Portland and New Hampshire who have let up the second-most and fourth-most home runs respectively in the Eastern League. Maybe this is the week he starts slugging.
The No Kidding Prospect of the Week: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (Blue Jays)
Of course you’re watching Vladdy, Jr. The reason he’s getting noted here is because he is expected to make his Triple-A debut on Tuesday against Lehigh Valley. Get ready. He’s coming.